Putin, Erdogan Hold Joint Press Conference After Meeting in Sochi


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday signaled that a Turkish military operation against Kurdish forces in the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin could be imminent, as he traveled to Russian Federation to discuss the Syrian conflict with Vladimir Putin.

Special emphasis will be given to the latest developments in the Syrian cities of Idlib and Afrin, the Turkish president told reporters in Istanbul before his departure for Sochi.

He was speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Turkish media reported November 13.

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"If a military solution [in Syria] is out of the question, then those who say this [Russia and the US] should pull their troops out. and steps for a political solution should be taken", he said.

Erdogan noted that Turkey and Russian Federation will continue to strengthen relations in the economic, political and military spheres.

Neither leader went into more specific detail.

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Moscow has deployed military force in Syria to support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has backed elements within the armed Syrian opposition. He said the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom would begin work at the Akkuyu site in the near future. The U.S. -led coalition says it does not discuss the location of its forces.

Turkish troops have also fought in Syria to halt the advance of Kurdish YPG forces along its frontier.

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